Tell no-one: A century of secret deals between the NSA and the telecom industry

Presented at 31C3 (2014), Dec. 28, 2014, 12:45 p.m. (60 minutes)

For nearly one hundred years, the NSA and its predecessors have been engaging in secret, illegal deals with the American telecom industry, with both virtually immune from prosecution.

How did this begin? How does it work? How much have US presidents known? What happens when they get caught? Will it change after the Snowden revelations? A fascinating look at a hundred years of handshakes and backroom deals between the eavesdroppers and the telecom executives.


  • James Bamford
    James Bamford is an American bestselling author, journalist, and documentary producer widely noted for his writing about the United States intelligence agencies, especially the highly secretive National Security Agency. His most recent book, The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA From 9/11 to The Eavesdropping on America, is the third in his trilogy on the NSA, following The Puzzle Palace (1982) and Body of Secrets (2001). The New York Times has called him “the nation’s premier journalist on the subject of the National Security Agency.”